Wolfpack Makes the Cut With Abrams-Ward

RALEIGH, N.C. -- E.J. Abrams-Ward already boasts over a half dozen of scholarship offers with NC State making his early list of favorites. Pack Pride has the latest.

Thomasville (NC) High School has been one of the state's perennial powerhouse programs. This past year they claimed their third consecutive 1-AA state championship after a perfect 16-0 season. One of the key components of that undefeated run was QB/LB EJ Abrams-Ward.

With offers on the table from NC State, UNC, Clemson, Tennessee, Wake Forest, East Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson, Abrams-Ward has emerged as one of the state's most sought-after prospects. Initially, it appeared the rising senior was destined for linebacker in college but after missing six games due to a back injury in 2006, Abrams-Ward returned at quarterback for Thomasville and played well. He finished off the year by completing 29 of 47 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns. Whatever the position, Abrams-Ward told Pack Pride recently he takes a team-first approach.

"I'm more of a team player," he said. "Where ever you need me and I can make an impact, that's where I'll play. As far as linebacker, it's just a few steps and hit who has the ball. With quarterback, you've got to have awareness, agility and everything just comes at once. So I would say as far as natural ability, I think I'm better at QB."

At 6-5, 210 pounds, Abrams-Ward certainly has the size to excel at quarterback or linebacker. Because of that versatility and natural ability, he has a long list of schools from which to choose. For now, he has six programs he's keeping a watchful eye on.

"Some of the main schools I'm looking at right now is Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, East Carolina, UNC and NC State," said Abrams-Ward. "There's some other schools looking at me like Notre Dame and Boston College so I'm just trying to keep an open mind and see what comes my way."

While Abrams-Ward reports an offer from the Wolfpack, it doesn't appear State has pulled out all the stops to land him just yet. While he passed on a chance to see State in person at Junior Day this past weekend, Abrams-Ward said he's still looking forward to learning more about the program.

"State got a new coach so I want to get to know them more and see more of what they're about," said Abrams-Ward. "Also, what position they like me to play. I want to see how they're going to come together as a program. They have been sending mail and talking to my head coach every now and then. I'm staying in touch with them."

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